Participating in pitch competitions against your peers is a great way to test your pitching skills and get feedback on your ideas. DFP student Diane Hodson will get the opportunity do just that in the Pitch Perfect competition at the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival on October 12th. Pitch Perfect provides film students from a number of universities the opportunity to practice the art of pitching to a panel of film industry professionals. Diane will pitch her thesis film, co-directed by Jasmine Luoma, on map-maker Denis Wood, author of Everything Sings and The Power of Maps.
The Possum Drop, directed by Mindy Keeley, brings home a win in its film festival debut. The film took 2nd place honors in the Documentary Short Division of the Knoxville Film Festival.
The film will continue its festival run at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on October 3 and 4.
Kids of Conquest, a short film co-directed by Jasmine Luoma and Diane Hodson, will screen at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on October 2nd. The film follows three sixth grade students from Winston-Salem, NC as they create historical documentaries dramatically bringing to life famous conquerors and invaders.
The One Who Builds co-directed by Peter Carolla, Hillary Pierce and Nick Gooler, brings home a Best Short Documentary win at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. This marks the first best in category win for The One Who Builds.
The Legitimate Child, co-directed and co-produced by Michele Ferris and Kelly McKenna, will be featured in the Dayton Film Festival. The film will appear in the Shorts Blocks II screening on Sunday August 25th, 1:00 p.m. at the Neon in Dayton.
The Possum Drop, directed by Mindy Keeley, also continues its festival run with an official selection to the Knoxville Film Festival. The festival will be held September 19-22.
Andrew Austin, with his Power Glove in hand, delivered an entertaining and informative pitch to capture top honors in RiverRun’s 2nd Annual Pitchfest. Austin pitched The Power of Glove, a film that chronicles the colorful history and legacy of the first video game controller that allowed players to control Nintendo games with 3D hand gestures, to a panel of industry professionals. Austin received $500 in prize money to be used toward the production of the film he is co-directing with Paula Kosowski and Adam Ward.
The PitchFest competition featured film students from the DFP, Elon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts
A former student premiering a film at the Tribeca Film Festival is a thrill, three alums screening at Tribeca at the same time is beyond thrilling. DFP faculty members Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson are delighted with the recent A-list film festival success of their former University of Florida students. From Sundance to Tribeca these former students are making their mark as storytellers.
Running from Crazy, directed by Barbara Kopple and co-produced by David Cassidy (2002 UF alum) is following its Sundance premiere with screenings at Tribeca, FullFrame Documentary Film Festival and Sundance London.
LET THE FIRE BURN, directed by Jason Osder (2001UF alum) will premiere in the World Documentary Competition section of Tribeca. The film will also screen in the Special Presentations program at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and in the San Francisco International Film Festival in the feature documentary competition.
Michael Beach Nichols (2009 UF alum) and Deidre Schoo’s film Flex Is Kings will also make its world premiere at Tribeca. In addition, An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, a film John Aldrich (2000 UF alum) worked on as co-producer, cinematographer and editor recently made its premiere at SXSW.
The faculty could not be more proud of the work these alums have produced and of the contribution they are making to the documentary filmmaking community.
The RiverRun, International Film Festival, a premiere regional film festival based in Winston-Salem, will feature five DFP student films in its North Carolina Shorts category. This program features the best short films received from N.C. filmmakers.
Autism in Love, Director: Michelle Friedline
Autism in Love profiles R.V. Kuser, a clever man of 50 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who has overcome his deficient social skills and odd behaviors to embrace life. He and his wife Marlene share secrets about their bond and R.V. reveals the true meaning of unconditional love.
Wagonmasters, Directors: Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski
The car that was once the quintessential image of the American Dream is all but dead to most people. For a handful of diehards, however, the station wagon is still the vehicle of choice. This short tells the story of the vehicle as a symbol of a changing America over the last century.
North Carolina Shorts 1
- April 14, 10:00 a.m. Hanesbrands
- April 19, 1:30 p.m. Hanesbrands
The Impetus to Desegregate, Director: Chris Zaluski
In the 1950s and 1960s, many universities faced court-ordered desegregation, but Wake Forest, as a private institution, was not under federal mandate. The process of desegregation was prompted primarily by student petitioning and protest. This film explores how Wake Forest became the first major private university in the South to integrate.
The Legitimate Child, Directors Michele Ferris and Kelly McKenna
This short documentary tells the unique story of the Safe Bus Company, the only African American-owned and operated bus company of its time, which was located right here in Winston-Salem. Safe Bus was the legitimate child of an illegitimate system.
The One Who Builds, Directors: Peter Carolla, Nick Gooler and Hillary Pierce
The One Who Builds is the story of the life and work of Dr. Omer Omer, once a Sudanese refugee, now an American citizen, who is giving back as the director of a refugee resettlement organization in Greensboro, North Carolina.
North Carolina Shorts 2
- April 14, 12:30 p.m., Hanesbrands
- April, 19 4:15 p.m., Hanesbrands
MFA student Chris Zaluski recently won the New Orleans Film Festival’s Pitch Perfect Competition for his film project, Wagonmasters. The contest involved film students from Florida State University, Loyola University, University of New Orleans and Tulane University as they presented a five-minute film pitch to a panel of film professionals. In addition to Zaluski, MFA student Jess Pic also pitched her film project, Wicked Silence.
Zaluski received $500 to be used toward the film’s production as well as MovieMagic budgeting software. His film project, Wagonmasters, is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2012 and is being produced with co-director and MFA student Sam Smartt.
RiverRun Screens Work of DFP Students
The 14th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival will feature several DFP student films in its North Carolina Shorts Program. RiverRun is a regional event based in Winston-Salem and is one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States.
NC Shorts 1
An Unreasonable Woman, produced by Camie Bargerstock and Paula Kosowski profiles adventurous accordionist Shirley Deane who traveled to more than 60 countries during the ’50s and ’60s, breaking gender boundaries of the time.
Queen’s Kingdom, directed by Jacob Rosdail and Kelly McKenna, offers an engaging portrait of Queen Toveia who has been selling hot dogs across from the bus station in downtown Winston-Salem for more than two decades.
April 14, 1:00 p.m. @ a/perture
April 20, 2:00 p.m. @ Hanesbrands Theatre
NC Shorts 2
Gamers of the Lost Ark, directed by Jacob Rosdail and Adam Ward captures the efforts of two friends to turn their passion for video games and their nostalgia for the arcade experience into a profitable business venture.
Children of Kabul, directed by Jon Bougher (MFA 2011) and undergraduate Communications major Jawad Wahabzada, takes you into the lives of four young Afghan children and provides first-hand accounts of a generation washing cars, picking garbage, selling food and hammering metal to earn money for their families. Devastated by war and economic difficulties, these children are the breadwinners of their families, creating an uncertain future for the country.
April 15, 12:30 @ Hanesbrands Theatre
April 20, 4:30 @ Hanesbrands Theatre
MFA students Jon Bougher and Roman Safiullin’s film Bound by Haiti has been accepted into the Boston International Film Festival.
The film Bound by Haiti is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon two young international activists forced to deal with the tragedy of the Haiti earthquake first-hand. Raised on a wealthy resort, Aaron has dedicated his life to eradicating intestinal parasites in Haiti. Born and orphaned in Port-au-Prince, John’s mission is to inspire a new generation of Haitian children.
But when the earthquake of January 12, 2010 strikes, Aaron and John must confront the biggest challenge of their lives. The filmmakers, staying outside Port-au-Prince, captured the tragedy during this devastating event. Featuring rare video and photos from immediately following the earthquake, Bound by Haiti follows these unlikely friends on a journey for change before and after the most devastating international event of our time.
MFA students Nick Corrao and Peter Salomone’s film Civil Indigent has been accepted into the Patois Film Festival in New Orleans. The film Civil Indigent is a feature-length documentary about a heated debate over a meal limit that has been imposed on a Gainesville, Florida homeless shelter. The film follows Francis “Pat” Fitzpatrick as he leads the charge against the limit from his protests at City Hall to his quixotic campaign for a seat on the City Commission. Eccentric, outspoken and unpredictable, Pat tests the boundaries of what it means to be an advocate.
In addition to Bound by Haiti and Civil Indigent, first-year students Sana Haq and Brenton Richardson’s film I’ll be Seeing You has been accepted into Winston-Salem’s RiverRun International Film Festival.
The film I’ll be Seeing You is a documentary short that follows Erinn, Serah and Heidi as they recreate a glorious bygone era for America’s Greatest Generation by singing and dancing to the tunes of ‘America’s Wartime Sweethearts': The Andrews Sisters.
For screening information on both films, visit the Boston International Film Festival and the RiverRun International Film Festival websites.